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Karnataka Deputy CM Hints at Possible Water Charges Hike in Bengaluru

Karnataka Deputy Cm Hints At Possible Water Charges Hike In Bengaluru

Karnataka’s Deputy Chief Minister D K Shivakumar suggested a potential increase in monthly water charges for Bengaluru residents, citing financial challenges faced by the Bengaluru Water Supply and Sewerage Board (BWSSB).

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Financial Strains on BWSSB

Shivakumar, also overseeing Bengaluru’s development, noted BWSSB’s sustained losses, preventing new project implementations. The recent hike in fuel taxes has exacerbated financial pressures, making petrol and diesel prices rise.

Need for Tariff Adjustment

Highlighting a decade-long freeze on water tariffs in Bengaluru, Shivakumar emphasized BWSSB’s necessity to fund new projects like the upcoming Cauvery fifth phase water supply initiative. He attributed 70% of BWSSB’s expenditures to power bills and labor costs, resulting in annual losses.

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International Perspectives

Shivakumar mentioned concerns from global development agencies like the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and the World Bank regarding politicization of water tariff hikes and BWSSB’s financial viability.

Future Steps

Expressing inevitability, Shivakumar stated ongoing discussions and assessments to stabilize BWSSB financially, underscoring transparency in decision-making before any tariff adjustments.

 

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